How Political and Social Change Induced Individualization

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© Philippe Vermès, Assemblée générale, 1968

This article is the second of a four-part series about how in more and more aspects of our lives, we do things together yet are alone: Together We Live Alone.

The four articles will be:

  1. How Political and Social Change Induced Individualization

In the first article, I presented several aspects of this phenomenon: Together We Work Alone (with coworking spaces), Together We Sleep Alone (flat-sharing and coliving spaces), Together We Eat Alone (home meal delivery)…


Realizing the Paradoxical Individualization of Society

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Coworking spaces, coliving spaces, instant messaging, Netflix… In more and more aspects of our lives, we do things together yet are alone.

Partly caused by political and social change, partly caused by technology, this evolution towards an extremely individualistic society has had great emancipation effects but also very negative consequences, with loneliness feelings exploding.

In this four-part story, I’ll try and explain where this phenomenon comes from, how people have reacted to it, and ponder whether this reaction might be effective. Can we escape becoming Wall-E humans?

The four articles will be:

  1. Realizing the Paradoxical Individualization of Society
  2. How Political…


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How to survive in the face of change?

Will traditional corporations still be standing once the digital transition has finished redefining their industries’ value chains? It’s a question that worries most of the executive committees at most of today’s big corporations, giants that grew massive in the “before”. Before the internet, before startups, before the awakening of the multitude, before the book industry, the music industry, the retail industry, the banking industry showed us all what was happening.

These dinosaurs want to regain the upper hand, to once again be those who are defining the sector. And so there are initiatives that are born, aiming to grow into…

Hadrien L.

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